— Derek Taylor (@GASObrackets) March 16, 2016
No. 13 seed Salt Lake Community College has made its way to the NJCAA Elite Eight, upsetting No. 4 seed Odessa College 92-86 yesterday in their second-round matchup.
SLCC (28-8) used an 8-0 start to put the pressure on Odessa (27-6). The Bruins converted 9-of-12 from 3-point range in the first half to build a 47-32 lead. The strong start enabled Salt Lake to hold the lead for all 40 minutes.
Salt Lake finished the game shooting 58.2 percent from the field and 11-of-19 from beyond the arc.
Point guard Tad Dufelmeier scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and collected eight rebounds and six assists.
.@BruinAthletics Todd Phillips on Tad Dufelmeier (23 pts): "That was really good. The big mantra for us all year is someone has to step up."
— Kyle McCaskey (@Kylemccaskey) March 16, 2016
Tyler Rawson contributed 18 points and nine rebounds, Marcus White scored 13 points and Austin Waddoups added 10 points. Reserve forwards Christian Musoko and Marsalis Johnson contributed double-digit minutes off the bench and scored seven points apiece.
Five Odessa players reached double figures. Louis Adams led the Wranglers with 19 points and Devin Davis posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bruins will face No. 12 seed Southwest Tennessee Community College (30-4) on Thursday at 2 p.m. local time. The Saluqis upset No. 5 seed and SLCC rival North Idaho College 73-72 on Tuesday night.